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11AM Update> We just saw a quote from Frank Beamer to his team in the locker room after the game..."Keep working, and we'll get them in the ACC championship game.  Write it down..." 

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"We had just enough offense and just a whole heck of a lot of defense." - Dabo Swinney Saturday after their win at Virginia Tech.

Swinney has his guys 5-0 with the last three wins over Auburn, Florida State and Virginia Tech.

The Tigers held Virginia Tech without an offensive touchdown for the first time in 16 years in Blacksburg.  16 years.

For most of this season, Clemson's offense has been carrying the load.  Saturday, it was the defense. 

The rest of the schedule, like everyone else's, won't be easy; but here's what Clemson has left...

Boston College

at Maryland

North Carolina

at Georgia Tech

Wake Forest

at N.C. State

at South Carolina

We'll keep an eye on Dabo and the Tigers and we suggest you do as well.

Here's coach after the game with some great comments about his team. 

 

Monday TV

The Ravens' defense was downright nasty last night. 

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Teaching moment

Cornell beat Wagner 31-7 Saturday. 

The game saw one odd play.  In short...Wagner's punter drops the snap, then tries to get the punt off; but it gets blocked. That's not the strange part.

The long-snapper winds up picking up the loose ball...but he then runs the wrong way...25 yards before being tackled just short of the goal line.  

Teaching moment...we should all have a call that every player knows to yell when a teammate is headed the wrong direction. 

 

Better motivator: Coach O or Lane?

USC beat Arizona 48-41 Saturday.  

At the 0:50 mark of the video below you'll see how Coach O got the boys excited before the first half.

USC came out hot and quickly built a 17-0 lead and where leading 27-12 at halftime.  

At halftime, Lane Kiffin followed up with his version of the same thing (2:00 mark).  Perhaps not quite the same emotion that Coach O extracted from the guys.  

Regardless, USC hung on for a big win.

 

Navy's coach wishes refs had used "some discretion"

Navy lost to Air Force yesterday 35-34 in overtime after a furious comeback during regulation.

Air Force had opened up a 21-3 halftime lead, only to see Navy come back to tie it with a touchdown and a two point conversion with 19 seconds to go. So we go to OT...

Navy has the ball first.  They drive down and quarterback Kriss Proctor scores from one yard out. Then comes trouble.

Proctor then gets up and exchanges words with some of the Air Force guys after scoring. The refs call unsportsmanlike conduct and assess a 15 yard penalty. Navy then misses the longer than normal extra point. Air Force takes over, scores and makes the extra point and win the game.

Post-game, Ken Niumatalolo is not pleased with the ref's decision to call the 15 yard penalty at such a crucial time in the game, "I hope those guys can sleep well tonight."

 

 

 

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